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  • Redwing and Trolier-McKinstry Named Fellows for MRS
    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:31

    Professors Joan Redwing and Susan Trolier-McKinstry will be named Fellow of the Materials Research Society during the April meeting in San Francisco.  Joan will be recognized for “key contributions to the mechanistic understanding of materials synthesis by chemical vapor deposition including group III-nitrides, silicon nanowires and boride-based superconductors” and Susan will be recognized for “creative and sustained contributions to the understanding of electroceramic thin films and for leadership in materials education and materials research community.” Congratulations Joan and Susan for

  • Six student projects selected for spring startup program
    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:30
    Six student projects have been selected for the spring 2015 New Leaf - Lion Launch Pad program.
  • Fossils' surroundings shed light on extinction and environmental changes
    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 08:00
    When trying to interpret the fossil record, we must first understand how they ended up where they are -- and that means taking a close look at the sediments that surround them, says Penn State scientist Mark Patzkowsky.
  • Living laboratory offers thousands of acres for research, recreation
    Fri, 01/23/2015 - 11:50
    Stone Valley Forest, a 6,775-acre property primarily in Barree Township, Huntingdon County, is perhaps best known for outdoor recreation that is free to the public, also serves as a petri dish for faculty and student research.
  • Dr. Ken Mankoff of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, January 27th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.
    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:16

    Dr. Mankoff, a researcher at the Department of Physical Oceanography of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, presents "Greenland Subglacial Hydrology Upstream of and into Fjords" on Tuesday, January 27th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


  • Penn State to host satellite location of NCSE forum on energy and climate change
    Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:42
    Penn State will host the satellite location of the National Council for Science and the Environment Energy and Climate Change Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy and the Environment. The main conference will take place in Washington D.C. Jan. 27 through 29.
  • Greenland plays important role in polar ice research
    Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:23
    Melting of glacial ice will probably raise the sea level around the globe, but how fast this melting will happen is uncertain. Greenland is especially pivotal in the study of melting ice sheets and rising sea levels because it experiences 50 percent more warming than the global average. In the case of the Greenland Ice Sheet, the more temperatures increase, the faster the ice will melt, according to computer model experiments by Penn State geoscientists.
  • Sixteen named distinguished professors at Penn State
    Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:00
    The Penn State Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs has named 16 faculty members as the University's 2015 distinguished professors.
  • Elementary students dig in to Shake, Rattle & Rocks event
    Fri, 01/16/2015 - 17:18
    Fifth-grade students from State College got a hands-on lesson in what in means to be earth scientists in the Department of Earth and Mineral Sciences' annual Shake, Rattle & Rocks event.
  • Dr. Dorothy Merritts, Professor of Geosciences and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environment at Franklin and Marshall College, speaks at the Geosciences Colloquium on Tuesday, January 20th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. All are welcome.
    Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:08

    Dr. Dorothy Merritts, the Harry W. and Mary B. Huffnagle Professor of Geosciences and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environment at Franklin and Marshall College, presents "Landscape Paleothermometers: Mapping Pennsylvania Pleistocene Landforms and Permafrost Boundaries with Lidar" on Tuesday, January 20th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. A pre-talk Coffee & Cookies Speaker Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike. All are welcome.


  • Penn State MOOC introduces geospatial intelligence to students around the world
    Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:17
    Geospatial Intelligence and the Geospatial Revolution, a new Penn State MOOC, aims to help broaden the appeal of the discipline beyond the world of defense, both in and outside the United States.
  • NASA awards $30M grant to Penn State to help answer climate questions
    Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:40
    Penn State will lead a five-year, $30 million mission to improve quantification of present-day carbon-related greenhouse gas sources and sinks. An improved understanding of these gases will advance our ability to predict and manage future climate change.
  • EMS Energy Institute announces spring Energy Exchange schedule
    Mon, 01/12/2015 - 08:49
    The EMS Energy Institute has finalized its list of spring speakers for the Energy Exchange seminar series. The series will kick off with Phillip Savage, department head in Chemical Engineering. Other speakers include representatives from the U.S. Department of Energy, Volvo Group and Battelle. All seminars are from 10 to 11 a.m. in C213 Coal Utilization Laboratory at the EMS Energy Institute. Seminars are open to everyone.
  • Alley receives BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in climate change
    Fri, 01/09/2015 - 16:52
    Richard B. Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences has been named the recipient of the 2015 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the category of Climate Change.
  • "Mind the gap" between atomically thin materials
    Tue, 12/23/2014 - 08:00
    When it comes to engineering single-layer atomic structures, "minding the gap" will help researchers create artificial electronic materials one atomic layer at a time, according to a team of materials scientists.
  • Penn State World Campus student selected as College of EMS marshal
    Sat, 12/20/2014 - 07:00
    Lori O'Neill, a Penn State World Campus student, has been selected as the student marshal for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at the fall 2014 commencement.
  • Rolling lab tracks methane to its source
    Fri, 12/19/2014 - 08:40
    Mobile measurement should give a better handle on emissions from gas development.
  • Foundation CMG’s $1.25M gift establishes industrial chair in EMS
    Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:35
    The CMG Reservoir Simulation Foundation (Foundation CMG) recently gave funds to establish a new industrial chair in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ (EMS) John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State. The five-year, $1.25 million gift will be used to fund the Foundation CMG Industrial Chair in Fluid Behavior and Rock Interactions.
  • Third annual EMS undergraduate poster exhibition showcases research
    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 17:01
    The third annual College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Undergraduate Poster Exhibition was held Wednesday, Dec. 3 in the Deike Building on the University Park campus of Penn State. Organized by the Ryan Family Student Center, the poster exhibition provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in EMS to showcase their research, and connect and share their work with other students, faculty and staff.
  • Lvov publishes book on electrochemical science and engineering
    Tue, 12/09/2014 - 11:29
    Serguei Lvov, professor of energy and mineral engineering, and materials science and engineering, has a forthcoming book titled “Introduction to Electrochemical Science and Engineering.”

VOICES of Our College:  Earth and Mineral Sciences
The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences celebrates its rich heritage and tradition of excellence through sharing the spoken words of the people who have influenced our history. The compelling accounts of their experiences, hopes, and visions for our future demonstrate the power of stories to engage us and spur us to actively participate in shaping the next generation of our graduates. Be inspired and entertained as you listen to the stories of both past and present people of EMS! You'll find audio files and view photographs of current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Discover how the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences has built a community dedicated to teaching, research, and service, to industry and society.  <<Listen to the VOICES of EMS>>


Penn State Faculty:  The Experience of Online Teaching
The World Campus has produced a great video that features Penn State faculty (Sarma Pisupati, Associate Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering) discussing their experience of online teaching.  These faculty stories illustrate the variety of course types, instructional design models and levels of faculty engagement in World Campus courses. <<VIEW VIDEO>>


Penn State:  Inspiring Researchers
In research, small breakthroughs can make big impacts . . . impacts that can save lives.  Jim Adair and his team at Penn State are transforming the way we treat and detect cancer . . . <<VIEW VIDEO>>